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An Introduction to Leisure Studies
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An Introduction to Leisure Studies
Principles and Practice



December 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"There are textbooks galore, but there aren’t many crafted as intelligently as this one. This book will change the way that students understand leisure. It will give them an easier entry to that place where difficult ideas fuse into something intelligible, where real understanding sits and the educated imagination is stirred."
- Tony Blackshaw, Sheffield Hallam University

Peter Bramham and Stephen Wagg provide a foundation for those studying within the broad field of leisure studies. The book gives students an accessible and engaging introduction to leisure studies and leisure research, encouraging students to engage in reflexive analysis of their common sense understandings of everyday life and enabling them to develop an understanding of contemporary leisure studies and changing leisure practices.

 
Defining Leisure and Leisure Studies
 
Studying and Measuring Leisure
 
Time, History and Leisure
 
Caution - Children at Play
 
Growing Up and Getting Out
 
Staying in and Settling Down
 
Divided Leisure: Leisure and Social Class
 
Turning Points
 
Home Alone: Demography and Ageing
 
Leisure and the Future

There are textbooks galore, but there aren’t many crafted as intelligently as this one. This book will change the way that students understand leisure. It will give them an easier entry to that place where difficult ideas fuse into something intelligible, where real understanding sits and the educated imagination is stirred.

Tony Blackshaw
Sheffield Hallam University

In keeping with exploring the central theme of each chapter, relevant and contemporary case studies and exemplars have been included to allow students to engage with the material. Students will like these as will tutors as they can be used as a focus for discussion. Overall this book does achieve its aims, however this is not an introductory textbook that students will pick up and read through in the one go. This is a thought provoking book that students will return to in later years of their course and it will be used to stimulate ideas for project and dissertation work.

Rita Carmouche, University of Huddersfield
Leisure Studies Association Research Blog

Not enough material on the entertainment value of the current state of the sex industry.

Dr Andreas Georgiou Philaretou
Social & Behavioral Sciences, European University of Cyprus
October 22, 2015

A most useful and beneficial book. Great entry point to explore leisure studies.

Mr Oliver Johnstone
Public Services Department, Calderdale College
May 7, 2015

This book provides an overview of leisure studies that is very useful to Occupational therapists who may have a limited, instrumental approach to the use of leisure in their practice. It opens up ideas that will enable them to be more client centered in their approach.

Mrs Tania Wiseman
School of Health Professions, Brighton University
March 16, 2015

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